We briefly turn our focus away from European football to take a look at some key FPL assets for GW-7. Many managers were left frustrated when our most-owned player Ronaldo was passed over for penalty duty late against Aston Villa, colleague Bruno Fernandes missing. This game-week concludes with a real tasty fixture of Liverpool vs Manchester City, which is hard to predict, so we look elsewhere for inspiration.
Edouard Mendy (£6.0, CHE vs SOU): Mendy looks like the best bet for a clean-sheet this weekend. Chelsea faces Southampton who lack in front of goal, blanking in the last three matches. Mendy has kept three clean-sheets in five so far, picking up a couple of bonus points in the process.
Nick Pope (£5.4, BUR vs NOR): The Clarets haven’t been their usual solid selves at the back recently. Having leaked a fair few goals already this season, they have a great opportunity to keep an overdue clean-sheet at home versus the Canaries who have scored only two goals this season and are yet to pick up a point.
Fernando Marçal (£4.6, WOL vs NEW): Wolves seem to have put their shaky start behind them and are starting to look like the solid outfit that they’ve been the past couple of seasons. Wolves kept a clean-sheet last time out, and Marçal is already on two assists for the season. He has a decent chance to add to this in a home fixture against Newcastle.
Marcos Alonso (£5.9, CHE vs SOU): Alonso’s stock keeps going up, and for good reason. The surprise starter this term has already bagged himself four clean-sheets and reminded us of his attacking potential with a goal plus an assist. Chelsea will be keen to put that Man City loss last week behind them.
Kieran Tierney (£4.9, BRI vs ARS): Arsenal has turned a corner in recent weeks, picking up three wins on the bounce including two clean-sheets followed by an impressive win in the North London Derby. Tierney is reasonably priced and is always looking to get forward.
Raphinha (£6.5, LEE vs WAT): Raphinha delighted those managers who stuck with him last week, recovering from injury to put in a strong shift that produced Leeds’ only goal of the game. The Brazilian was unlucky not to score more, and he should be the main source of goals in Bamford’s absence.
Emile Smith Rowe (£5.3, BRI vs ARS): Arsenal’s breathtaking first half against Tottenham was all about youth, with Smith Rowe lighting up the pitch, picking up a goal plus an assist. He offers strong potential for returns and is a solid differential pick (4%). The Gunners will be aiming for their fourth win in a row, and you’d imagine Smith Rowe will be at the heart of anything positive they do in this game.
Ismaïla Sarr (£6.3, LEE vs WAT): A man very much in form at the moment, Sarr has three goals in his last two appearances and doesn’t look like slowing down anytime soon. Watford looks attack-minded and faces a leaky Leeds defense hampered by injuries.
Maxwel Cornet (£6.0, BUR vs NOR): Burnley’s big-name signing from Lyon is finally up and running, having been slowly introduced to Premier League life. He has been a handful the last couple of games that he’s been let loose. Cornet is currently showing at 0% ownership in FPL! This could be a decent punt for a home game against strugglers Norwich. Caveat: Cornet went off early last week with a hamstring complaint and is currently listed at 75%, so stay tuned for updates.
Raúl Jiménez (£7.5, WOL vs NEW): Jimenez is back amongst the goals following on from his horror injury last season. Jimenez will be full of confidence after grabbing the winner last time out. He faces a leaky Newcastle defense that has conceded 14 goals already this season.
Neal Maupay (£6.5, BRI vs ARS): Maupay left it late when he grabbed a lovely goal to equalize against Crystal Palace on Monday, making it four goals so far this season. Brighton has been in great form, and Maupay has history with Arsenal, scoring a late winner last season. He will be a handful for the Gunners and is a great differential pick.
Michail Antonio (£7.9, WHU vs BRE): Antonio has been relentless so far this season, leading the way as joint top-scorer with five goals even after being sent off in one game and missing another due to the suspension. He is also linking well with his teammates, having set up four other goals. You just shouldn’t bet against him right now.
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